UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gestures during a joint press conference with World Bank chief and the head of Islamic Development Bank at a Beirut hotel on March 25, 2016. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Iraqi government Saturday to step up efforts to foster reconciliation between the nation's Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim communities in order to combat ISIS.The U.N. chief was referring to the country's minority Sunnis who say they were marginalized under the Shi'ite-led government installed after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and some of whom have joined the militant group which seized swathes of Iraq nearly two years ago.The World Bank lent Iraq around $2 billion last year for reconstruction, infrastructure, and emergency budget support to help it deal with the economic effects of the fight against ISIS and the low price of oil, which accounts for around 90 percent of government revenues.
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